Xerostomia is the technical term for what is commonly referred to as dry mouth–when you do not manufacture the appropriate volume of saliva in the mouth. The average adult will produce around 3 pints of saliva each day, and it plays a necessary role in your entire body’s health.
The enzymes in your saliva aid in digesting food and washing particles that cause decay away from your teeth. Mouth lubrication from saliva is important for swallowing and enables you to speak clearly–as anyone who has suffered nervousness from stage fright will understand. Probably most crucial, saliva defends the tooth enamel from harmful acids in food and drink.
When inconsistent, dry mouth should not be reason for alarm, but chronic dry mouth is problematic. It means that you are routinely tolerating an inadequacy of mouth moisture. This can be uncomfortable and have detrimental effects in the long-term.
In a conference with your dentist, you can decide how to fight chronic dry mouth. It may be an easy fix like invigorating your saliva glands by chewing gum or sucking on a candy, or it could be more demanding such as altering your diet and/or physical fitness. If these home remedies don’t resolve the problem, there are prescriptions for artificial saliva spray and medications you take by mouth.
After an appointment with your dentist, you may be referred to see your medical doctor. There are those instances where dry mouth has been connected to depression, anxiety, and autoimmune disorders.
Dr. Mathew Berg would be delighted to answer your questions regarding dry mouth. If we can help you in any way, please contact Mathew Berg DDS at: 915-591-5333, or drop by in El Paso, Texas.